There are lots of ways to experience Puerto Rico — and lots of unique settings for destinations weddings around the island — so understanding how you’re getting around will be a key part of travel for you and your guests.
If you’re staying close to San Juan then transportation might be relatively simple. You’ll have access to a variety of options and in many instances guests won’t need a car (taxis and Uber are convenient options in town), unless they want to extend their visit beyond the city for an adventure. If you’re getting married somewhere beyond the Metro area, then it’s likely cars will be necessary (unless you decide to transport all of your guests in a bus or fleet of vans).
Renting a car is the easiest way to experience the island at your own pace. Companies like Avis, Enterprise and Budget operate at the airports in San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce. The San Juan airport has the widest selection of rental car companies to choose from. You’ll also find rental car outposts across the island. Operators with multiple branches will often let you rent from and return to different locations for an additional fee, if you’re just trying to get from point A to point B.
Toll roads in Puerto Rico accept cash as well as AutoExpreso, an automated, prepaid system. Most rental vehicles come with an AutoExpreso tag, so you can traverse the island freely and your operator will bill you after you return the car.
Getting around shorter distances is easy with apps like Uber. Rideshare drivers abound in the San Juan metro area, becoming more limited in areas of the island that aren’t as heavily populated. Don’t expect to summon a car when you arrive on the island, however; drivers aren’t legally allowed to pick up passengers at the airport.
There are a variety of transportation companies on the island, if you’re looking for a limo, van, shuttle or bus to transport yourself or your group. Options and prices vary by company. You can find more information here.
You can ride the rails across parts of the San Juan metro area, Guaynabo and Bayamon. Tren Urbano, a single-line rapid transportation system includes 16 stops over a span of roughly 10 miles, making it a popular and affordable option for getting around the metro area.
Públicos, Taxis and Buses
Públicos are a popular method of transportation all over Puerto Rico. These spacious vans offer regulated rates and designated pickup points at airports and other highly trafficked sites. You might find yourself riding alongside a few strangers, but that’s how the rates remain affordable.
Depending on where you are on the island, you might be able to call a private taxi. Most publicos and taxis don’t accept credit cards, so be sure you have enough cash before setting out on your ride.
If you’re looking to travel within the San Juan metro region, public buses follow well-trafficked routes throughout the city and its surrounding areas.
Several commuter airports make it easy to travel between the islands of Puerto Rico. Vieques Air Link, Cape Air and Flamenco Air are a few of the small airlines that fly to Vieques and Culebra. Other short-haul airports include Isla Grande (SIG) in San Juan, Ceiba (RVR) and Mayaguez (MAZ).
Take a ferry from the main island of Puerto Rico to the offshore getaways of Vieques and Culebra. Ferries leave several times a day from Ceiba, and trips can take between 30 minutes and an hour and a half, depending on the boat and the conditions of the water.
Ferries have a limited number of spaces available for vehicles, and most rental car companies don’t let their fleet leave the mainland, so your best bet is to hire a publico or rent a car or golf cart once your boat do